As Playstation and Xbox leap into the next-gen 4K future, it looks like Nintendo is going back to its roots. The gaming giant will bring beloved N64 games back from the dead in October via a premium Switch Online service, the company announced yesterday.
From the end of October, Switch players will be able to play classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64 and many more through the new Switch Online + service. It will also include a number of classic SEGA Genesis games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Currently, Switch Online subscribers have access to online multiplayer across the platform as well as dozens of emulated versions of classic Nintendo games from the NES and SNES. To access N64 and SEGA emulators, gamers will have to pay a higher price point.
On top of that, Nintendo will be releasing Switch-compatible versions of the original Nintendo 64 controller for $ 49.99 (around £ 36).
While Nintendo has yet to share pricing details, it said it would share more information ahead of the October launch. Nintendo insiders say it’s unlikely to be significantly more expensive than the current Switch Online subscription of £ 18 per year.
The first batch of N64 games to be made available includes:
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Super Mario 64
- Star fox 64
- Yoshi’s story
- WinBack: covert operations
- Dr Mario 64
- Sin and punishment
- Mario Tennis 64
Later Nintendo will also add:
- Pokémon Snap
- The Legend of Zelda: The Mask of Majora
- Kirby 64: Crystal Shards
- Mario golf
- Paper mario
- F-Zero X
The official announcement follows months of leaks and rumors speculating that Nintendo is boosting its line of emulators.
This month also saw the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED model, which brings major improvements to the display and docking station of the handheld console.
In October, we’ll also see the launch of the highly anticipated Metroid Dread, the first 2D installment in the beloved series since 2002.
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